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Grizzlies maul Warriors, Cavs lose to Magic

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The defending champions Golden State Warriors and finals runners-up Cleveland Cavaliers are still shaking off the cobwebs, with both NBA powerhouses suffering double-digit defeats Saturday.

Astros down Yankees, set up World Series clash with Dodgers

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The Houston Astros defeated the New York Yankees 4-0 Saturday to book a Major League Baseball World Series showdown with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Pliskova, Muguruza ease to Singapore wins

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Karolina Pliskova put on a ruthless display of big hitting to swat aside crowd favorite Venus Williams 6-2, 6-2 as the WTA Finals opened with a pair of power-packed slugfests at the Singapore Indoor Stadium Sunday.

Safa shock Nejmeh to go top

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Safa added their names to the growing list of title challengers Sunday after a surprise 2-0 win over Nejmeh to go top of the Lebanese Premier League after five rounds.

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Merseyside misery as Liverpool, Everton suffer heavy losses

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It was a case of North London nine, Merseyside three as Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal inflicted thumping defeats on both Liverpool and Everton respectively in the Premier League Sunday.

Routine win keeps Real pressure on leaders Barca

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Real Madrid moved back to within five points of La Liga leaders Barcelona with a hassle-free 3-0 victory over Eibar Sunday. Madrid have struggled at the Santiago Bernabeu this season, dropping points in four of their previous six home…

No dividends on Mourinho’s caution; Batshuayi becomes hero

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Manchester City went five points clear at the top of the Premier League after their 3-0 win at home to Burnley was coupled with a shock 2-1 loss for Manchester United against Huddersfield.

Hamilton wins U.S. GP, fourth title in sight

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Lewis Hamilton moved a step closer to his fourth world championship Sunday when he won the United States Grand Prix, coming home ahead of his nearest title rival Sebastian Vettel.

Marquez wins in Australia, extending lead

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Marc Marquez extended his world championship lead to 33 points with a victory in a feisty Australian MotoGP at Phillip Island Sunday.

Depay hits hat-trick as Lyon climb to fourth in Ligue 1

Lyon climbed to fourth in Ligue 1 Sunday with a 5-0 away win at promoted Troyes as Dutch striker Memphis Depay scored a second-half hat-trick.

Five things we learned in the Bundesliga

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Bayern Munich drew level on points with Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund after laboring to a 1-0 win at 10-man Hamburg, but have injury concerns about Thomas Mueller.

Khedira scores hat-trick as 10-man Juventus hit six at Udinese

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Sami Khedira grabbed a hat-trick as Serie A champions Juventus came from behind to thump Udinese 6-2 away Sunday despite playing for more than an hour with 10 men.

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Kalou saves Hertha with second penalty attempt

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Ivory Coast veteran Salomon Kalou rescued Hertha Berlin with a penalty at the second attempt in Sunday's 1-1 draw at Freiburg in the Bundesliga.

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N. Zealand stun India by six wickets: Cricket

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Century-maker Tom Latham and Ross Taylor inspired New Zealand to a thrilling six-wicket win over India in the first one-day international at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium Sunday.

Football: Bonucci red damages Milan, Roma bounce back

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Leonardo Bonucci was sent off for elbowing as AC Milan's stuttering campaign plunged even further on Sunday with a 0-0 draw to Genoa, as elsewhere in Serie A Alexander Kolarov lifted AS Roma past Torino.

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Ruthless Pliskova eases past Williams in Singapore opener

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Karolina Pliskova put on a ruthless display of big hitting to swat aside crowd favourite Venus Williams 6-2 6-2 in the opening match of the WTA Finals at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Sunday.

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Barca won't be used as political tool: Bartomeu

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Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu insisted on Saturday the Catalan giants cannot be used by either side of a political battle over Catalonia's drive to gain independence from Spain.

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Vettel hopes to keep the fat lady quiet

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Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel refused to give up on the Formula One championship and found support from title favorite Lewis Hamilton.

Clippers rout Lakers in Ball’s debut; Thunder crush Knicks

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The Los Angeles Clippers continued their domination of the Los Angeles Lakers Thursday by routing their cross-town rivals 108-92 and spoiling the NBA debut of second-overall pick Lonzo Ball.

Dovizioso has Marquez in title sights at Phillip Island

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Andrea Dovizioso is looking to make further gains on Marc Marquez’s world championship lead in Sunday’s Australian MotoGP at the demanding Phillip Island circuit where he historically struggles.

Hopeful eight seek starring role in Singapore showdown

All eight women competing at the WTA Finals will go into the tournament believing they have a genuine chance of finishing the season on a high note when round-robin play starts Sunday without a clear favorite for the title.

Pep’s breathtaking City out to make it 11 straight

It would be difficult for any team to find a more daunting examination in European football at present than a visit to the Etihad Stadium where Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City have come into bloom.

Napoli fear European hangover ahead of Inter clash

Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri is unhappy at facing Inter Milan so soon after visiting Manchester City in the Champions League while his opponents in Saturday’s Serie A showdown believe their absence from Europe could prove a blessing.

Politics lingers in La Liga as Barca receives criticism from all sides

Spain’s political crisis continues to form a cloud over La Liga with eyes just as much on the stands once more at Barcelona’s Camp Nou as the field for Malaga’s visit Saturday.

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Trump launches petition against NFL players' anthem protests

U.S. President Donald Trump has stepped up the pressure on the National Football League over protests by its players during the national anthem by launching a petition and asking his supporters to show their patriotism by backing it

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UEFA open disciplinary proceedings against Everton

European soccer's governing body (UEFA) has opened disciplinary proceedings against Everton after one of the club's fans tried to punch an Olympique Lyon player in a melee that broke out during Thursday's Europa League game at Goodison…

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Russia accuses US govt of pushing for its Olympic exclusion

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The Kremlin accused the U.S. government Friday of pushing for Russia's exclusion from the Olympics.

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Blatter says he is going to World Cup at Putin's invitation

FIFA's disgraced ex-president Sepp Blatter has told AFP he will go to next year's World Cup in Russia at the invitation of President Vladimir Putin, despite being banned from football.

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Roma charged by UEFA over monkey chants in Chelsea match

A.S. Roma have been charged with racist behaviour by UEFA after a section of their supporters directed monkey chants at Chelsea defender Antonio Ruediger during their 3-3 Champions League draw in London Wednesday.

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Aussie Simmons beaten in 76ers debut, Lin’s season ends

Australian Ben Simmons was beaten in his debut while Asian-American standout Jeremy Lin suffered a severe right knee injury as the new NBA season tipped off Wednesday for most clubs.

English clubs bite back in Champions League

After several years in the doldrums, English clubs have returned to the fore in the Champions League with a succession of attention-grabbing performances.

Mercedes, Hamilton on brink of F1 titles

Lewis Hamilton could be crowned Britain’s first four-time Formula One world champion in Texas this weekend while Mercedes are on the brink of a fourth consecutive constructor’s title.

Alonso staying at McLaren in 2018

Double world champion Fernando Alonso will stay with McLaren in 2018, the team said Thursday in a long-expected announcement that finally ended one of the sagas of the Formula One season.

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Italian player gets five-game ban for urinating on pitch

An Italian footballer who was banned for five matches for urinating towards rival fans will appeal the decision, his club said on Thursday